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A Feast for Crows

(A Song of Ice and Fire #4)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  531,883 Ratings  ·  19,852 Reviews
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With A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth volume of the landmark series that has redefined imaginative fiction and stands as a modern masterpiece in the making.

After centuries of bitter strife, the seven powers dividing the land have beaten one another into an uneasy truce. But it's not long before the survivors, out
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Mass Market Paperback, 1061 pages
Published 2011 by Bantam Books (first published October 17th 2005)
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Naz Gurler
Mummer is kind of an entertainer/actor. They travel in groups to entertain and perform shows.

People in Westeros believe that the god has seven…more

Mummer is kind of an entertainer/actor. They travel in groups to entertain and perform shows.

People in Westeros believe that the god has seven aspects and Stranger is one of the seven aspects of the god according to the "Faith of Seven". People worship it rarely since it is related to death and believed to lead the dead to wherever they go after death.

Silent sisters are kind of undertakers and are sworn to the service of Stranger. They kinda deliver the dead to Stranger.(less)
Fernando Acosta These books are easier if you start from the very beginning. There are a lot of new characters, some relevant, some not at all.
The chapters dealing…more
These books are easier if you start from the very beginning. There are a lot of new characters, some relevant, some not at all.
The chapters dealing with the ironborn and subsequent "kingsmoot" are a bit of a drag, and so are the some of the chapters placed in Dorne.
I would suggest taking a breather for a while from the book and when you restart, begin from the beginning of the chapter.
Also there are comprenhensive guides on the internet (A song of ice and fire wikis all around) that give detailed chapter to chapter summaries and character bios so that you find your way.
Hope it helps.
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mark monday
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantastical
Behold: the Ugly Stepchild of A Song of Ice and Fire!
Behold: the Readers of A Feast for Crows: Angry, Sullen, Vengeful!


silly readers. i'm not sure i've ever read such a collection of resentful reviews for one book. one reviewer just decided to repeat the same phrase over and over and over again (sorry Joel, had to say it). another decided to note that "...kids are inherently boring. Kids aren’t clever..." er, wtf?

sigh. i suppose i can understand the backlash. Martin took a long-assed time to
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Matt
Jul 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The context here is everything.

A Song of Ice and Fire began with the publication of A Game of Thrones in 1996. Thrones introduced us to the land of Westeros, a continent the size of South America but suspiciously similar to medieval England. We followed a handful of characters representing various factions of the Seven Kingdoms, squabbling for the right to sit upon the Iron Throne. Its grittiness, tactility, fully-realized characters, and high stakes (a major character loses a head) gave it a c
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Madeline
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Hey everyone, George RR Martin here. I thought I'd take some time off from planning my intricate and complex storylines (spoiler alert: everyone has sex with everyone and then kills each other) to introduce A Feast for Crows, the long-awaited fourth installment in my epic fantasy series! You guys are in for a treat, this one is awesome.

So the last book was quite a ride, huh? There was that craziness that was the Weddings of Death, Tyrion killed his father, , Jon Snow finally got cool and is now
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Justin
May 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who really, really like the first three books in the series.
Shelves: fantasy
I'm not quite sure what happened, here.

As others have mentioned, Martin slows the pace of the story down considerably in this fourth installment of A Song of Ice and Fire, ostensibly writing this as the first half of a two-book volume, with a 3-5 year production time on each. As such, the book is by necessity filled with unresolved storylines, AWOL main characters, and lengthy travelogues where nothing of importance happens. Of course, this draws the inevitable comparisons to another famous fant
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Jayson
(B+) 77% | Good
Notes: It’s about people on journeys, spread too thin over too many inconsequential perspectives, with too little of a pay-off.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
The book was better than the first time around. I didn't like the narrator on this one so it ruined it the first time around. I still didn't love it but I was glad to have Arya & Brienne 😊



"Death is not the worst thing," the kindly man replied. "It is His gift to us, an end to want and pain. On the day that we are born the Many-Faced God sends each of us a dark angel to walk through life beside us. When our sins and our sufferings grow too great to be borne, the angel takes us by the hand to
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Kelly
May 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Dear George,

How do you do this lovely May morning? I'm terribly sorry to bother you, but I really did think that I must in good conscience warn you of this problem I have. You see, I know many people who read these books and absolutely adore them. Legions of fans. I'm sure you know that. Really, the books are quite high quality and quite enjoyable and whatever you need to do to get them to stay at that quality, please do it.

... within reason. It has come to our (the masses') attention that perha
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Raeleen Lemay
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, adult-fiction
This book definitely wasn't quite as eventful as the previous books in the traditional sense. There weren't any huge battle sequences or weddings filled with bloodshed, but rather a lot of plotting.

This book contained two of my favorite characters, Arya and Sansa, but there weren't enough chapters about them to satisfy me. This one mainly followed Cersei and Jaime, along with quite a few side characters who we didn't see much of in the first three books.

I'm really interested to see what happens
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Candace
Although this epic fantasy has me captivated, I have to say that 'A Feast for Crows' didn't hold as much appeal for me as the earlier books. That being said, it is still an extremely well-written story. I have no doubt that the new characters, places and events will serve to further the plot.

While hearing Cersei's viewpoint was somewhat enlightening, it got tiresome. Cersei is as cold and cruel as Joffrey was. Being "stuck" in her mind was torture. She was constantly scheming and manipulating. H
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StoryTellerShannon
Whew, this is a tough book to review simply because it doesn't follow on the expectations of the readers after A STORM OF SWORDS.

Now some people are already saying that the book is horrible and a great letdown and others go to the other extreme and hold faithfully that it's just as good as the previous books.

I don't feel either take is fair or accurate.

To be fair, yes, the book doesn't move like the previous books, especially a STORM OF SWORDS. There are simply not the same level of WHAM BAM
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Kim
Feb 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People with lots of time or patience
Shelves: fantasy


George R. R. Martin is a blowhard.


I mean that with respect, I suppose. I guess any author that got me to read over 2400 pages of his writing garners some respect, right? A smattering, maybe? I don’t know, maybe it’s because I was raised Catholic, or maybe it’s my sense of follow through or maybe just the fact that I’ve invested so much time in this damn series… whatever. I’m here, I’ve finished book #4. Yay.



Okay, so the reason I’m grumpy is that it took me 480 pages to get into this. Which left
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Netts
Jul 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
Are you kidding me? This volume should have been called A Test of Patience. Where do I even start? First, there is a conspicuous dearth of crows (as in Nightwatch or anything at or beyond the Wall). There is also little feasting but by now I've grown beyond tired of Martin's medieval menu descriptions so that's a relief. Curious about Jon Snow and The Others? Bran and that three-eyed crow? Tyrion's escape? The dragons!? Well, forget it. They don't make a single appearance. Instead we get to trud ...more
Bookdragon Sean
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 4-star-reads
There’s only one problem with this book, and that’s the point of view characters. As a reader I’ve grown somewhat used to things like this:

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So, when I'm just given things like this instead it’s bound to disappoint:

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There are massive pacing issues with the most recent (ha! that’s a joke) two books of the series, and I mean massive. There’s a whole lot of nothing in this one. Cersei’s chapters are excruciating to read. That’s not surprising considering she is probably the least likable of character
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Kai
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, to-buy
“Words are like arrows. Once loosed, you cannot call them back.”

This took me - compared to it's prequels - "only" a month to read. As always, there were chapters that I enjoyed more than others. Sometimes so intruiging I did not want to stop reading, other times I wondered why in seven hells someone would bother wasting their time writing such pointless words.

Here's the list of POV's from most to least liked:

Cersei
Sansa
Arya
Jamie
Samwell
Arianne Martell
Aeron Greyjoy
Asha Greyjoy
Areo Hotah
Arys Oakhea
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Collin
Aug 01, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Completists
Shelves: fantasysci-fi
I feel like giving this book 3 stars is being harsh to my man, George Martin, but I'm trying to separate the truly great books in this series from the merely good ones.

Bottom line: fans of the series waited too long for this and therefore were in a position of being impossible to please once this finally came out. This coupled with the facts that numerous spoiler chapters had been available online for years and that George cut his original manuscript in 2 to produce this and the subsequent (as o
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Lyn
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
How do you follow up after an epic throw down, a no holds barred monster truck rally demolition derby Hulkamania caged grudge match?

By doing something different.

George R. R. Martin’s third Song of Ice and Fire book, A Storm of Swords was this epic Andre the Giant kegfest. Many fans have lamented and complained about the fourth book, A Feast for Crows, first published in 2005. It’s not exciting enough, not enough INYERFACE!! action and we don’t even get to hang out with some of the cool recurrin
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Charlotte May
“In the game of thrones, even the humblest pieces can have wills of their own.”

4.5 stars rounded up!

Another fantastic instalment in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Sparrows have flocked to Kings Landing and created uproar! No one is safe - even the royals.

“How much can a crown be worth, when a crow can dine on a king?”

Jaime and Cersei become estranged from one another, he is sent to reclaim lands for the crown while Cersei attempts to rule through her son, and remove his new Queen.

“Quee
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April
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I have a hole where my heart should be, she thought, and nowhere else to go."

// God, this book. George R.R Martin writes so beautifully. Beginning this I did miss Tyrion's, Daenery's, and Jon's POVs, but this book was exceptional even without them. Cersi despite not liking her in the show I actually grew to love her parts. Especially her writing to Jaime for help and reading his response in turn had to be my favorite.
Ryan
Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I was fully prepared to be disappointed by this book, for several reasons. First of all, the last book, A Storm Of Swords, ended with a very large cliffhanger and I knew that it was a cliffhanger that wasn't going to be fully explained/explored in this volume.

Additionally, I knew that in general the story was not going to feature the characters that I was most interested in (namely Daenerys, Theon, Tyrion, and especially the whole issue of Jon and the Night Watch). That being said, the volume wa
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Laz
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: epic/high fantasy lovers
“History is a wheel, for the nature of man is fundamentally unchanging. What has happened before will perforce happen again.”


I think this may be my favorite novel in the series. Not because it was the best but because I felt so connected to the story, more than I have ever felt before while reading this series. And while I can admit that the plot was poorer in comparison with its predecessors and there weren't all of the characters we've grown accustomed to reading about, I still feel like Mr.
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Nick
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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1.) A Game of Thrones ★★★★★
2.) A Clash of Kings ★★★★★
3.) A Storm of Swords ★★★★★


#readASOIAF Read-Along - Hosted by Riley from Riley Marie, Elizabeth from Liz Loves Literature, and Kayla from BOOKadoodles. ♥

“In the game of thrones, even the humblest pieces can have wills of their own. Sometimes they refuse to make the moves you've planned for them.”

A Feast for Crows is my least favorite in this series, but this prologue and ending chapter give me life, I swear. GRRM is such a genius and if yo
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Manuel Antão
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2005
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


Unimportant Sub-Plots: "A Feast for Crows" by George R. R. Martin



The thing that astonishes me, continually, is the fans who cannot see it and, in some cases, cannot even perceive that the quality has fallen off disastrously as he got mired in unimportant sub-plots. He reminds me of a story told by one my bosses I used to have a long time ago. This guy was head director. When I started working in that department I found none of the rest
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Jason Koivu
May 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I know "winter is coming," but this book honestly felt more like a Spring clean.

A story of such lengths as the epic A Song of Ice and Fire has to have down time and much of A Feast for Crows is down time. George R.R. Martin ties up loose ends, sets up new story lines and essentially does administrative style organization in an attempt to keep his mammoth machine rolling. He does it admirably, and yet it can't help but lack the pep, surprise and all around thrill of his previous three books.

In h
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Dan Schwent
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Becky
This book was fantastic.

These books are so amazingly good. I love them. I can't wait until after I read A Dance with Dragons. Then I can join the hordes of people standing outside GRRM's house, looking at their watches and tapping their feet impatiently while they wait for the 6th book in the series. I haven't experienced that wait yet. I will be one of you soon... Squeee!

Anyway... so, A Feast for Crows. I was talking about the awesomeness. So here are some things, in random order, that I foun
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Evan Leach
A Feast for Crows, book four of the stellar Song of Ice and Fire saga, is widely maligned as the runt of the series to date:

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This is partly because of the strange circumstances surrounding the book’s publication. Martin cranked out books two and three in just under two years, from February, 1999 to November, 2000. But then trouble arose. Book four grew bigger and bigger. Years passed. As the book approached 2,000 pages, Martin realized the book had to split in two. But how to do so? Instead of ju
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LENA TRAK
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I had been warned about this book being the least gripping in the series(I decided to finish it in less than a month or I'm sure I would have ended up reading chapter summaries). They were right. However, there is a very good reason which Martin explains as soon as you reach the final page. A Feast for Crows as well as a Dance with Dragons were supposed to be a single book. Martin wanted to avoid creating a humongous book so he came up with this excellent and most profitable idea to split it in ...more
C.G. Drews
AGH I'M SO TORN WHAT TO RATE THIS. Honestly it's probably 3.5. There was so much boredom and annoyance and grinding of teeth and I felt, as a whole, the book didn't feel complete. Apparently this and A Dance with Dragons were all ONE book? But it got split into two? (Thank the bookish gods.) But I still firmly believe that every and any book should feel like a completely book in itself. A Feast of Crows felt like a filler.

Also it ditched ALL my favourite narrators!! THEY'RE NOT DEAD just...not
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George R.R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,
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“Needle was Robb and Bran and Rickon, her mother and her father, even Sansa. Needle was Winterfell's grey walls, and the laughter of its people. Needle was the summer snows, Old Nan's stories, the heart tree with its red leaves and scary face, the warm earthy smell of the glass gardens, the sound of the north wind rattling the shutters of her room. Needle was Jon Snow's smile. He used to mess my hair and call me "little sister," she remembered, and suddenly there were tears in her eyes.” 507 likes
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